Never send money before seeing the apartment. There are many scams out there. A common Craigslist scam is the con artist tries to get deposit money from someone for an apartment that doesn't exist or is not for rent. You will not find a legitimate Manhattan apartment from an anonymous websites or ad.
NY state law requires all brokers and agents to have their name, license title address and phone number displayed prominently on all advertising and marketing.
Contact a real agent at a real brokerage. Good luck!
I'm glad you wrote in - I am appalled when I see scams targeting individuals who are simply trying find a home! The link that is associated with your question is not of a studio apt. But if you are asked to send money or provide a deposit - chances are on the likelihood side that it is indeed a scam!
You are asked for a deposit upfront (particularly if you are out of state) or before viewing property..
The pictures and price for the apartment for the area it's located in - look to good to be true!
The owner says that you can only see the outside because they are away or living somewhere else.
They will mail you the keys.
Janice, I would never recommend sending a deposit without the assistance of a licensed real estate agent negotiating on your behalf! If you need that type of assistance, an agent is certainly able to help you in securing an apt before you relocate. And remember - that for any negotiations to be valid, they must be in writing and always get a receipt (but try never to pay in cash if possible.)
Good Luck and All the Best,